SUPER DTP postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are encouraged to undertake an internship during the course of their studies to support their personal and career development.
Internships undertaken as part of the SUPER DTP are intended to generate mutual benefit between students and host organisations and to enhance the quality or impact of research.
The SUPER DTP internships guidance document outlines more information for PGRs and host organisations about internship benefits, suggested timings, funding, suspension of studies, and how to find, or set up, internships.
Another useful resource is a guide to gaining work experience outside academia from Vitae, The researcher on placement.
SUPER DTP PGRs share their experiences of undertaking an internship:
- Sophie Smith: Deutsches Meeremuseum Stralsund, 2023.
- Charlotte Lee: MiAlgae, 2023.
- Izzy Langley: SMRU Consulting, 2023.
- Jack Sheehy: JNCC, 2021.
- Lydia McGill: NatureScot, 2020.
If the below do not suit, you can source your own internship opportunities by defining what you are looking for and making approaches to relevant organisations. The list of SUPER DTP associate partners is a useful reference for possible organisations to contact.
Those with Deadlines
Ocean Spirits Ltd Sea Turtle Research and Project Supervisor
Ocean Spirits is a locally based NGO, Grenada’s coordinator for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), that are looking to recruit supervisors to manage the day-to-day activities, research, and volunteers of the upcoming 2024 nesting season. There are two full-time, fixed-term positions for 3 months, from 23rd April to end of July, based in Grenada, with a stipend of EC$125/wk (~£36), and including accommodation, subsistence and airport transfers. Find out more on the Ocean Spirits Ltd website. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21 February.
SGSSS/Scottish Government Marine Climate Change and Just Transition Internship
The Marine Just Transition work aims to co-develop action plans to enable marine sectors and coastal communities to transition in a fair and inclusive way, tackling inequalities and maximising opportunities. This work has many strands and the PhD intern will have an opportunity to support one or more of these strands depending on the priorities of the work at the time of the internship and preferences of the intern. For example, identifying and reviewing relevant marine focused climate change and biodiversity government strategies, plans and policies to achieve changes in a fair way in comparable nations to Scotland and supporting marine just transition planning or delivery of participatory engagement for the marine just transition work, working with policy officials, communications specialists, and social researchers. The intern will have the opportunity to work with analysts and policy officials across the Marine Directorate and wider Scottish Government and contribute to this high priority workstream. The intern will obtain experience in applying social research and data to ministerial and policy priorities. This can be a full time internship for 3 months or part time for 6 months from May, with a stipend of £4,655.50 plus expenses. Some office days are expected in Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Aberdeen. Find out more on the SGSSS website. The deadline for applications is 12.00 pm Friday 1 March.
RSPB Communications Officer
The Orkney Native Wildlife Project aims to safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney and the benefits it provides for local people and the economy by addressing the threat it faces from an invasive non-native predator: the stoat. You will be responsible for current social media presence and create engaging content so that RSPB can grow their following. You will also design content for their website and be responsible for ensuring it is interesting and informative. This is a full time, fixed-term position for 9 months, paid at £25,723 per annum pro rata, and based in Orkney. Find out more on the RSPB website. The deadline for applications is 11.30 am Thursday 7 March.
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) UK Associates of BIOS Internship
BIOS is an independent US not-for-profit marine research and educational organisation which offers an internship based in Bermuda. This is an opportunity to gain valuable laboratory and field experience in a different environment, to work on collaborative research projects alongside BIOS scientists, and to conduct supervised research toward your doctoral degree. Students undertake a concentrated and focused research project in subjects ranging from the chemistry of the open oceans to the impacts of temperature and light on coral microorganisms. This is a full time, 12-week internship which includes accommodation and meals, a small stipend, and some research project expenses. Travel related expenses and medical/travel insurance are not covered, but some support is available through your TSG. Find out more on the BIOS website. The deadline for applications is Friday 22 March.
UKRI Research Exchange and Internship Opportunities
The UKRI provides year-round opportunities for SUPER DTP PGRs, as doctoral students funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council, to undertake a placement or internship. Find out more on the UKRI website.
The Technology Partnership Industry Internships
TTP is an independent technology company where scientists, engineers, and designers collaborate to invent and develop new products and technologies. Your internship will see you putting your technical and research skills to work within a commercially focused environment; providing the opportunity to experience how your academic knowledge and skillsets could be utilised within an industry setting. Flexible length of programme, usually between 3 to 6 months. Internships are paid. Find out more on the TTP website.
People’s Trust for Endangered Species Student Internship
The PTES Wildlife Conservation Internship Programme began in 2001. Since then over 90 young people have benefitted, working on practical projects helping hedgehogs, water voles, pine martens, bats, adders, bottlenose dolphins, numerous butterflies and a host of other species. Internships range from full time for 6 months, up to 18 months part-time. A grant of up to £5,000 is available to support living costs whilst the work is undertaken. Find out more on the PTES website.
The United Nations Internship Programme
The UN offers internships across multiple departments in locations worldwide. Internships last for at least two and can be as long as six months and are unpaid, but some support is available through your TSG. Find out more on the UN website and apply for open positions here. Apply for the UN Environment Programme specifically here.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Policy Internships
Successful interns will provide support to OECD Policy Analysts in one of many areas, including climate, energy, and science and technology. Typical tasks include:
- participating in the preparation of studies and documents, carrying out research and reviews of existing materials;
- collecting, organising, and analysing data;
- contributing to the production of documents, working papers and publications resulting from the above activities, including drafting notes and preparing technical annexes, and;
- liaising and building networks with officials in national administrations, researchers, other international organisations and member country Delegations.
The majority of internships are based in Paris, France and are full time for 1 to 6 months. Interns receive a contribution to living expenses of ~700€/mnth. Find our more on the OECD website.
STEM Ambassador Programme
The STEM Ambassador programme through STEM Learning is flexible, allowing you to volunteer in a way that suits you, it could be online or in person, in schools or in community groups, by supporting lessons or extra-curricular activities and working with young people or their educators. STEM Ambassadors make an impact by:
- Supporting learning – help young people to understand the real world applications of their learning.
- Illuminating careers – showcase different careers, providing information on roles and pathways into industry while raising awareness of the skills that are important in the workplace.
- Raising aspirations – give young people the opportunity to meet a wide range of inspiring role models, encouraging them as they think about their future.
Find out more on the STEM Learning website.